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Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signs tax-cut legislation passed by legislators in the special session.
Courtesy Gov. Mike Parson's office
Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signs tax-cut legislation passed by legislators in the special session.

Parson signs tax-cut legislation

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Gov. Mike Parson this morning signed tax-cut legislation into law after bills were approved during the General Assembly's special session.

Parson signed Senate Bills 3 and 5 and House Bill 3, according to a news release. He previously called the session specifically to focus on tax cut proposals.

"Every Missourian can support sending less of their money to the government, and we trust Missourians to make decisions with their own money," Parson said in the release. "This historic tax cut means more money for Missourians to spend, invest, and save. It means economic growth, business expansions, and good-paying jobs for Missourians both today and tomorrow."

The legislation signed into law today includes:
• the reduction of the top individual income tax rate to 4.95% from 5.2%, with a reduction to 4.5% once fully realized;
• the elimination of the bottom income tax bracket, meaning Missourians will earn their first $1,000 tax free;
• the elimination of income taxes for individuals making less than $13,000 per year or couples making less than $26,000 annually; and
• the extension of several tax credit programs, such as those for meat processing facilities, retail dealers of biodiesel and agricultural facilities.

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"...we trust Missourians to make decisions with their own money,"

We can't pave our public roads with our "own money."

Also, we can't negotiate with health insurance and drug companies, we can't fund vitally important regulatory bodies, we can't fund myriad public works projects, etc. We, as a society, have determined that the best way to support the well-being and general welfare of the people that live in this society is to pool some resources together and work together to provide for society, in general.

However, not taxing the very poor makes sense as they are the portion of society that desperately needs the relief. Meat processing and others that aren't in dire straights don't need the extra help. A nearly 14% decrease in tax rate for the top earners means less programs to help new businesses and other programs to stimulate local economies. This is more of the same of the rich getting richer. The rich will continue to find other ways of keeping the poor as poor as they can and the classes stratified.

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